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Neo-Liberalism, Secularism, and the Future of the Left in India—a day-long conference

General Programming

dateApril 1, 2010 timeThursday, 10:00am EDT location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • The Columbia University Seminar in Studies in Political and Social Thought
  • Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion
  • Committee on Global Thought
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated
  • Photo ID required for entry

The Heyman Center will host a day-long conference on secularism, liberalism, and its relation to left politics in India today. Participating will be prominent Indian politicians and intellectuals including

Keynote speaker: Sitaram Yechury

Additional Speakers: Prabhat Patnaik, Jayati Ghosh, C.P. Chandrahekar, Javeed Alam

Discussants: Sanjay Reddy, Arjun Jayadev, Anush Kapadia, Anwar Shaikh, Vijay Prasad, Akeel Bilgrami

Note: the keynote will take place in Davis Auditorium, the Schapiro Center.

  • Keynote Speaker Sitaram Yechury Parliamentary Group Leader Communist Party of India
  • Speaker Prabhat Patnaik Professor Emeritus, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Speaker Jayati Ghosh Professor of Economics Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Speaker CP Chandrasekhar Professor of Economics Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Speaker Javeed Alam Chairman Indian Council of Social Science Research
  • Discussant Sanjay Reddy Associate Professor of Economics The New School for Social Research
  • Discussant Arjun Jayadev Assistant Professor of Economics, College of Liberal Arts University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Discussant Anush Kapadia Lecturer on Social Studies Harvard University
  • Discussant Anwar Shaikh Professor of Economics The New School
  • Discussant Akeel Bilgrami Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy Columbia University